Health Matters

Health Matters, produced locally by Red River Radio, airs Thursdays at 6 p.m. The producer is Ranae Moran. Hosts of Health Matters include Dr. Randall Brewer, Dr. Sanford Katz, and Red River Radio General Manager Kermit Poling. Psychologist Dr. Shelley Visconte (Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT) hosts the Mental Health Edition of Health Matters the last Thursday of each month. Health Matters features guest physicians and health care specialists joining our hosts to bring you up-to-date information on topics that affect your health.  Listeners are provided the opportunity to call in with questions or comments during the show at 1-800-552-8502 or tweet a question via Twitter @rrrpublicradio.

Health Matters is currently supported by a grant from the Community Foundation of Northwest Louisiana and The Gables at Spring Lake, Gamble Guest Care’s assisted living community. 

Health Matters Disclaimer:
Health Matters is a program for informational purposes only. Consult your physician or health care provider for all health concerns. The opinions expressed on Health Matters are those of the individual guests and callers and do not represent the views of Red River Radio or LSUS. Health Matters is part of Red River Radio's Community Connections series of outreach programs. Guests on Health Matters are not compensated and are selected by relevance to the topic.  No fees are charged for participation in Health Matters.

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Airs Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 6 p.m. Gynecologic cancers do not receive the press that some other types of cancer receive, but talking about them can save the lives of women. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Sanford Katz will be joined by gynecologic oncologist Dr. Destin Black, Dr. Maxwell McDonald, medical oncologist, and Dr. Lane Rosen, radiation oncologist, all with Willis-Knighton Health System, to talk about gynecologic cancer signs, symptoms and treatments. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502

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 Airs Thursday, January 28, 2021, at 6 p.m. Tune in for a Mental Health Edition of Health Matters as Dr. Shelley Visconte will delve into the difficult topic of sexual exploitation with guests Laurie McGehee, Director of FREE: The Coalition to End Human Trafficking in NW Louisiana; Olivia Ferguson, Child and Youth Human Trafficking Coordinator and Counselor for The Gingerbread House; and Tiffany Shatto, LSUS Postgraduate Intern for Goebel, Vigen, and Associate. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502. This topic may not be suitable for children and some adults.

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Airs Thursday, January 21, 2021, at 6 p.m. January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma affects about 3 million people in the U.S., and it is the second leading cause of blindness. Those who have glaucoma may not notice early symptoms, so half of the people who have glaucoma don’t know that they have it. Dr. Randall Brewer is joined by Dr. Chanping Liang, Professor and Clinical Specialist of Ophthalmology at LSU Health Shreveport, and Dr. Aigerim Saulebayeva, third year ophthalmology resident at LSU Health Shreveport to talk about glaucoma and general eye health.

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Airs Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 6 p.m. It’s a new year, but the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging. A few rays of hope have emerged, however, as doctors now understand how to better treat the virus and its complications and vaccines have been released for use in some populations. Host Dr. Randall Brewer is joined by Dr. Chris Kevil, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Research Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Director/P.I.

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Airs Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 6 p.m. The holidays are quickly approaching. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Sanford Katz will talk about diet and nutrition during the holiday season with Dr. Kimball Rivari, endocrinologist with Willis-Knighton Health System; Shelley Redmond, registered dietitian and author of the Skinny Louisiana cookbooks; and Megan Mabery Filer, registered dietitian and certified yoga instructor. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, November 12, 2020, at 6 p.m. Recovery after COVID-19 can mean needing rehab for cardiac, pulmonary, neurological or cognitive conditions. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Patrick Lavo will be joined by Dr. Jonathan Eaton, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine; Dr. Suzanne Tinsley, Assistant Dean of Development for School of Allied Health Professions, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy; and Dr. Tim Gilmore, Clinical Associate Professor of Cardiopulmonary Science, Program Director.

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Airs Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 6 p.m. November is COPD awareness month. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Our host, Kermit Poling, will be joined by Dr. Bob Walter, Chief of Pulmonology and Critical Care at LSU Health Shreveport to talk about COPD and other lung health issues. Also joining in the conversation will be Courtney Rayburn, Tobacco Treatment Specialist with Willis-Knighton Health System. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, September 24, 2020, at 6 p.m. Hosted by Lulu Garcia-Navarro, this special report features the best of NPR's reporting on the coronavirus crisis over the past week, with a focus on the latest science, wide-scale impacts, and things you can do to stay safe.

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Airs Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 6 p.m. Recovery after COVID-19 can mean needing rehab for cardiac, pulmonary, neurological or cognitive conditions. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Patrick Lavo will be joined by Dr. Jonathan Eaton, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine; Dr. Suzanne Tinsley, Assistant Dean of Development for School of Allied Health Professions, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy; and Dr. Tim Gilmore, Clinical Associate Professor of Cardiopulmonary Science, Program Director. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 6 p.m. Students are going back to school, whether in person or online. Tune in Thursday at 6 p.m. for Health Matters: Mental Health Edition. Host Shelley Visconte will address issues affecting children and parents, as the schoolyear starts, with guests Michelle Yetman, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor at LSU Health Shreveport; Stephanie Curry, Speech-Language Pathologist, Clinical Instructor of Communication Disorders at LSU Health Shreveport, and Adam Blancher, PhD, Counseling Psychologist, Clinical Associate Professor at LSU Health Shreveport. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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